I have a law degree (JD) and a graduate degree (MA) from the University of Ottawa. My experience in the past decade with university governance, legal research, labour and employment law, and legislative procedure gives me a range of tools that I use to arbitrate disputes.
What that means for parties, regardless of their industry and circumstances, is that they gain certainty of their situation in short order. That certainty is, in my experience, as valuable as a win in a courtroom. There’s less anxiety involved because there is less waiting.
Areas that I focus on are small claims and landlord-tenant issues. These fields are rife with disputes that can be resolved via simple arbitration before they become longstanding difficulties.
Employment disputes are another area of interest in which low-cost arbitration is beneficial. I have experience with both sides of employment and labour relations as a union president and an employer-side researcher.
I am also well-read in burgeoning contract, labour, and employment issues associated with Industry 4.0 through academic and journalistic research. Manufacturing and skilled labour will be increasingly displaced by automata. 3D printing, machine learning, and artificial intelligence will radically change working life. I am equipped to tackle these issues alongside more traditional arbitral concerns.
My publications and experience with university administration also make me an ideal arbitrator for academic disputes.
Sliding-scale small claims arbitration
$200-500 per matter
Based on complexity and parties’ financial situation
rates on a Sliding scale
All services may be delivered in either official language.
Arbitral decisions are delivered in both official languages upon request.
The goal of arbitration is to resolve matters efficiently without going to court; it also lets parties have done with their differences. My aim is to schedule hearings with parties ASAP, to hear evidence and legal submissions, and to render a decision within seven days of the hearing. I don’t let my docket fill more than I can reasonably manage inside these parameters.
The application of law to facts. Where possible, I will rule on matters at the hearing, with reasons to follow. More complex matters will be reserved for decision.
Parties submit to arbitration, but expressly permit the arbitrator to depart from legal rules to instead decide cases based only on the merit of the parties’ positions, conduct, and future prospects. The arbitrator may make a traditional award, impose new contract terms, or remove contract terms.
Break deadlocks in bargaining or contract negotiation through interest arbitration; parties may also request assistance drafting articles in the collective agreement.